Marc Coma has slowly been chipping away at Cyril Despres' lead and today during the 8th stage he finally managed to put himself back on top. Despres lost a lot of time in a muddy trap during today's stage and now trails the defending champion by 1 minute and 26 seconds.
Marc Coma is slowly closing the gap. The defending champion made a navigational error during the early stages of the 2012 Dakar rally that gave Cyril Despres a big lead in the front, but Coma is slowly reeling in his KTM rival.
The 6th stage of the Dakar has been cancelled. Marc Coma will have to wait until tomorrow for another chance to try to reel Cyril Despres back in.
As we near the halfway mark of the 2012 Dakar Rally, three time champion Cyril Despres has established himself as the front runner. Despres took his 28th stage victory today, his second of 2012, and now holds a 10 minute lead over his rival Marc Coma.
Marc Coma took his 18th stage victory as the Dakar Rally traveled from San Juan to Chilecito, but the defending champion still trails Cyril Despres by more than 8 minutes.
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